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OWN: Oprah Winfrey NETWORK announces January 2013 programming highlights:
NEW SERIES & SEASONS
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"OUR AMERICA WITH Lisa Ling" (60 Minutes)
Season Premiere - Tuesday, January 22 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
Lisa Ling takes viewers along for an in-depth look at some of the most controversial and thought-provoking issues in the United States today. From the real world of BDSM to our nation's battle with childhood obesity to the loving lifestyle of polyamory to Lisa's own father's struggle with aging, in each episode Ling immerses herself into the lives of the people she meets and challenges viewers to understand different perspectives and sometimes even question what they themselves have always believed to be true in OUR AMERICA. Produced by part2 pictures.
(P) Tuesday, January 22 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Shades of Kink
Host Lisa Ling goes beyond the pages of the best-selling fantasy novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, to explore the very real subculture of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance, submission and sadomasochism) that exists in the United States. As an introduction to this complex world, Ling attends a "Kink 101" workshop in Los Angeles and meets a dominatrix and her clients who reveal a truth far more complicated than fiction.
(P) Tuesday, January 29 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Generation XXL
For the first time in U.S. history, our youngest generation is expected to live a shorter life than their parents as a result of childhood obesity. Lisa Ling meets families who are struggling to help their children lose weight in order to survive.
"STATEN ISLAND LAW" (30 Minutes)
Series Premiere - Saturday, January 12 (Two back-to-back episodes 9-10 p.m. ET/PT)
Meet Elura & Michele, two fast talking best friends from Staten Island. They might look like ordinary housewives, but they're also former prosecutors who took their knack for telling it like it is and turned it into a successful mediation business. Whether it's their own families or their colorful clients, Elura & Michele aren't afraid to put themselves in the middle of a whole host of entertaining disputes. For these bold and brassy mediator moms, no problem is too big and no conflict is too small.
(P) Saturday, January 12 (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Elura & Michele Take Staten Island
Meet Elura & Michele, two fast-talking, no-nonsense attorneys who run a successful mediation business in Staten Island. In this series premiere, an engaged couple seeks help when a dispute over a pre-nup threatens to end their marriage before it begins.
(P) Saturday, January 12 (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Barber Wars
When a barbershop owner's dispute with his top barber reaches a stalemate, Elura and Michele must step in to try and salvage the business.
(P) Saturday, January 19 (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Deposit Debacle
Elura and Michele mediate a dispute between a landlord and tenant -- former close friends who now threaten to take one another to court over a costly security deposit.
(P) Saturday, January 19 (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Robin vs. Robin
Elura and Michele step in to mediate a tumultuous relationship when an overbearing mother threatens to evict her disrespectful daughter.
(P) Saturday, January 26 (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Battle of the Bars
Elura and Michele set out to make history when they mediate a dispute between two men who each claim their bar is the oldest on Staten Island.
(P) Saturday, January 26 (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Disturbing the Peace
Elura and Michele must settle a noise dispute between a loud, young singer who practices from home, and her quiet, older neighbor whose way of life is being destroyed.
"TROUBLE NEXT DOOR" (60 Minutes)
Series Premiere - Monday, January 7 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
"Trouble Next Door" follows desperate families in crisis as they attempt to reach out to their fellow neighbors for a helping hand. Tackling issues ranging from strained relationships, to out of control teens, to insurmountable financial woes, "Trouble Next Door" proves that it really does take a village.
(P) Monday, January 7 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Fear of Judgment
A married couple must overcome their paralyzing fear of being judged when they call on neighbors for help with their violent and explosive six-year-old son and their music-obsessed teen. The community doesn't just help the kids, they also confront mom.
(P) Monday, January 14 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Spoiled and Out of Control
A single mom in financial trouble struggles to control two high-maintenance, teenage daughters headed down a dangerous path of sexuality and drug use. Neighbors unite to teach the teens a new-found appreciation for all that they have.
(P) Monday, January 21 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Overcoming Bullies
A disabled mother of two seeks help from neighbors. Her teenage daughter has isolated herself for over a year after severe schoolyard bullying and her son suffers from Aspergers. The community comes together to offer the family life-changing gifts.
"LOST AND FOUND" (60 Minutes)
Series Premiere - Thursday, January 3 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
"Lost and Found" showcases the remarkable stories of people, places and precious items that were once lost and that now have been found. Each one-hour episode takes viewers on an emotional journey of discovery, featuring stories such as a family's search for a long-lost daughter; the return of a lost Super Bowl ring; and the discovery of possible priceless painting by Michelangelo. On "Lost and Found" there are numerous surprises waiting to be found, enriching the lives emotionally (and sometimes financially) of those involved in their discovery. The series is produced by LMNO Productions. The executive producers are Eric Schotz and Lisa Bourgoujian.
(P) Thursday, January 3 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Miraculous Reunions
Holocaust survivors reunite for the first time in 73 years, then an emotional reunion when a former student-athlete finally gets her letterman's jacket; and in a twist of fate a balloon bonds a friendship of two girls with the same name and same age.
(P) Thursday, January 10 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Family Secrets Revealed
An adopted child sold in an infamous black market baby ring tracks down her birth mother and finds a whole new family. Then, a dusty old painting is revealed to be a centuries-old lost treasure.
(P) Thursday, January 17 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Second Chance at Life and Love
A young girl facing death receives the gift of life and a life-long bond with her donor's family; then 50 years of lost love letters are found and a story is revealed; and a shocking reunion when former co-workers discover they are mother and daughter.
(P) Thursday, January 24 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Joplin Rises: After the Tornado
Two teenagers, critically wounded after a deadly 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado, seek out the couple who saved their lives. Then, strangers come together to reunite tornado victims with precious mementos that were feared lost forever.
(P) Thursday, January 31 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Surprises of a Lifetime
Missing as a baby for over thirty years, a woman is reunited with her mother and two tenacious siblings she has never met. In addition, a priceless Super Bowl ring lost in the ocean is found 40 years later and returned its owner, former New York Jets center John Schmitt; and a 160-million-year-old fossil is discovered by a five-year-old child.
"POLICE WOMEN OF DALLAS" (60 Minutes)
Series Premiere - Friday, January 18 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
"Police Women of Dallas" follows the lives of four extraordinary women -- three police officers and a detective -- as they provide a first-person account of their intensely demanding and often dangerous lives as officers of the law. Each episode is packed with adrenaline, bringing viewers along for the ride as the women risk their lives to keep the streets of Dallas safe. Every day brings a delicate balance as the women juggle their lives as mothers, sisters and wives against a career that comes with serious risks.
(P) Friday, January 18 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode:
Yvette responds to a stabbing call where things turn physical. Tracy plays referee to a bickering couple and Angela investigates a pair of suspected carjackers.
"super saver showdown" (60 Minutes)
Season Premiere - Wednesday, January 2 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT)
Hosted by do-it-yourself expert Kristan Cunningham ("Design on a Dime") each episode of "Super Saver Showdown" features two obsessed bargain hunters competing to see whose coupon clipping, super saving and do-it-yourself skills are the best, while helping families throw stylish events on a budget.
(P) Wednesday, January 2 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Rain or Shine, It's Party Time: Kristin vs. Tanya
It's Science Party vs. Hockey Party as two savings obsessed shoppers go head to head in a kids' birthday bargain battle. With only 48 hours and a $200 budget, who will do it better, faster and cheaper and bring home the $10,000 prize?
(P) Wednesday, January 9 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Markdowns and Meltdowns: Allison vs. Ericka
It's Rock 'n' Roll Graduation vs. Hollywood Premiere Sweet 16 as two savings obsessed shoppers go head to head to help plan a party for a family on a budget. With only 48 hours and a $200 budget, who will do it better, faster and cheaper and win the $10,000 prize?
"SHOCKING FAMILY SECRETS" (60 Minutes)
Series Premiere - Monday, January 7 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT)
Every family has a secret...but how far will people go to protect them? "Shocking Family Secrets" explores real stories of deception, mystery and scandal that are hidden just beneath the surface of what appears, from the outside, to be ordinary family lives. From kidnapped children to married cousins and fugitive moms, "Shocking Family Secrets" pulls back the curtain of normalcy to unravel the buried mysteries behind these family betrayals. Discover how - and why - these secrets were kept in the first place. These concealed narratives are not only unbelievably shocking, they are also disturbingly true.
(P) Monday, January 7 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Around the World and Back
Secrets will forever change the lives of three families. Nefertiti unravels the mystery of her nomadic childhood, Steve discovers his birth mother is closer than he imagined and Ellen learns the truth about her strained relationship with her parents.
(P) Monday, January 14 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Debutante in Distress
Secrets will forever change the lives of three families. Julie's life of wealth and privilege is suddenly ripped away, a grieving father hides a shocking secret from his children, and Richard finds out his birth mother is famous.
(P) Monday, January 21 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Ultimate Gift
Secrets will forever change the lives of three families. Carolyn and Sean risk everything to have a child, Michele's picture-perfect life isn't what it seems, and Randy's new job holds the key to his past.
CONTINUING SERIES (New Episodes)
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"OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER" (60 Minutes)
Sundays (9-10 p.m. ET/PT)
The primetime series features Oprah Winfrey as she steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.
(P) Sunday, January 6 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: David Letterman
Oprah Winfrey speaks with legendary late night talk show host David Letterman in a rare interview discussing his rival Jay Leno, his public sex scandal, how he repaired his marriage and his battle with depression.
"OPRAH'S LIFECLASS" (60 Minutes)
Sundays (9-10 p.m. ET/PT)
Oprah Winfrey takes the stage as teacher in one of the world's biggest classrooms to share and discuss the principles that guide our lives. The series is a true multi-platform experience with millions of students from over 200 countries around the world engaging with Oprah on-air, online and via social media in inspiring conversations.
(P) Sunday, January 13 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Rick Warren: Winning The Hand You're Dealt
Oprah Winfrey and Pastor Rick Warren discuss how to live with and maximize the hand you're dealt and the five "cards" that make up our identity: chemistry, connections, circumstances, consciousness and the card that can change our entire hand -- choices.
(P) Sunday, January 20 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Rick Warren: The Purpose Driven Life
Oprah Winfrey and Pastor Rick Warren help viewers answer life's biggest questions -- what on earth am I here for? and what is my purpose? They also talk about the three levels of existence: survival, success and significance.
"Home Made Simple" (60 Minutes)
Saturdays (9-10 a.m. ET/PT)
Each week host Paige Davis and her team of experts meet a couple who find themselves stuck in their quest of making over a room, tackling a once-in-a-lifetime event or repurposing that favorite antique. Whether our couples are married, best friends, sisters or mother/daughter, our host and experts guide them through a series of clever ideas, renewed recipes and surprisingly simple do it yourself projects as they build to the big reveal. With teamwork they learn to complete their transformations and the "Home Made Simple" experts show our couples short cuts to simplify their homes, so they can live their best lives.
(P) Saturday, January 12 (9-10 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: One Room Fits All
Mr. Kate teaches cohesive design in a multipurpose room, making room for dad's charity work, mom's workout and their daughters' play area; it's all for one and one for all for a family that puts charity work first.
(P) Saturday, January 19 (9-10 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: Office Clutter to Organized Oasis
A young couple is surprised with a brand new kitchen and a home office refreshed and reorganized that boasts an artistic tower of end tables turned into bookshelves and a desk make out of two old doors.
(P) Saturday, January 26 (9-10 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: Cluttered Garage Gets a Crafty Revamp
A divorced working mom gets the team's help to turn her over-cluttered garage into a craft room for the whole family to enjoy. She learns to maximize her time and minimize her stress with simple organizing tips and tricks to create a crafter's dream room.
"Six Little McGhees" (30 Minutes)
Saturdays (Two back-to-back episodes 9-10 p.m. ET/PT)
"Six Little McGhees" follows the inspirational lives of Mia and Rozonno McGhee as they juggle marriage, a family business and six adorable toddlers. High school sweethearts who banded together to rise above their humble roots, Mia and Ro never imagined that they would be blessed with Columbus, Ohio's first sextuplets. Together, with an unconventional army of volunteers, they prove that with a lot of love and a little support, anyone can beat the odds. From sun up to sun down, cameras document each busy day as the McGhees navigate life with six small children and an entourage of helpers. And with the terrible two's fast approaching, the trouble has just begun.
(P) Saturday, January 5 (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Family Business
With the children's Christening fast approaching, Mia and Cilky try to make amends. Meanwhile, a dispute quickly arises at the family business when Ro's brother accidentally damages a customer's property.
(P) Saturday, January 5 (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Six Little Birthdays
Mia finds herself in over her head as she tries to plan the toddlers' second birthday party, on top of running the household and juggling the family business.
"In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman" (60 Minutes)
Tuesdays (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
Dr. Laura Berman wants you to have great sex. A relationship expert, sex therapist, New York Times bestselling author and Sirius XM radio show host, Dr. Berman makes house calls to help troubled couples uncover what's really going on between the sheets. No issue is off limits with Dr. Berman, and she isn't afraid to talk specifics. This series will surprise viewers with questions that prove how normal it is to need help... in the bedroom.
(P) Tuesday, January 1 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Sex, Power, and Fantasies
Jaime's weight gain, kinky sexual demands, and desire for a baby have upset the balance of power in her marriage to Leonard, causing a major rift in the bedroom.
(P) Tuesday, January 8 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Sex, Lingerie, and the Post-Baby Body
Kadisha and Levatino's sex life is in peril as Kadisha's body image issues keep her emotional walls up and her sex drive down.
(P) Tuesday, January 15 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Sex, Family and Fighting Dirty - SEASON FINALE
Ashley and Mike are on the verge of divorce as their increasingly toxic fighting spirals out of control.
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Wednesday, January 2 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
Sweepstakers introduces viewers to the quirky, obsessive and competitive world of sweepstakes through the lives of three female sweepers who have various reasons for spending multiple hours a week trying to win prizes -- whether it be for enjoyment, necessity or even as a substitute for a career.
"MY LIFE IS A JOKE"
Sunday, January 6 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)
"My Life is a Joke" follows the journey of five aspiring female comedians as they try to work their way to the top of the comedy world in Chicago, the breeding ground for some of the most iconic stand-ups, sketch and improvisation comics. The special takes an unfiltered look at the next generation of rising stars as they pursue their dreams in The Windy City from the Comedy Club stage to juggling their day-jobs and home life. Featuring comediennes Kellye Howard, Jessica Joy, Patti Vazquez, Lisa Laureta and Natalie Jose, they each discover how far they will go and how much they will sacrifice to achieve their dreams.